July 31, 2014 22:00
On Thursday July 31, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., officers from Central Precinct and the Traffic Division conducted an educational and enforcement effort contacting people riding bicycles and skateboards on sidewalks in Downtown Portland.
Five officers and one sergeant concentrated on the areas of Southwest 5th and 6th Avenues from Burnside to Yamhill Streets.
Officers contacted those in violation of the City Code and issued verbal and written warnings.
Officer issued 50 written warnings and gave eight verbal warnings. No citations were issued during today's effort.
Many of the people stopped for violation of the City Code were unaware of the law regarding riding bicycles or skateboards on Downtown Portland sidewalks.
During the effort, several members of the community approached officers and commended them for the enforcement effort as they had previously had encounters with people riding bicycles or skateboards on Downtown sidewalks.
Portland City Code 16.70.320(E) state that no person may "ride a bicycle on a sidewalk, unless avoiding a traffic hazard in the immediate area, within the area bounded by and including SW Jefferson, Front Avenue (Naito Parkway), NW Hoyt and 13th Avenue."
Portland City Code 16.70.410(A) states: "No person may use roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power upon any sidewalk within the area bounded by and including SW Jefferson, Naito Parkway, NW Hoyt and 13th Avenue. The middle and bisecting sidewalks in the Park Blocks are considered sidewalks for the purposes of this Subsection."
Subsection (B) states: "No person may use roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power upon any street, roadway or sidewalk on (1) SW 5th or 6th Avenues between SW Lincoln and Burnside; and on (2) NW 5th or 6th Avenues between Burnside and Union Station."
Full content of the ordinance is located here: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=28596#cid_412594
The Portland Police Bureau conducts numerous and varied traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety missions throughout the year including: distracted driving, crosswalk enforcement, speeding, and DUII. Each effort is conducted with the primary goal of increasing awareness and safety in Portland.
Community input is one way the Police Bureau identifies issues and areas of concern to residents of Portland.
To provide input on traffic safety problems, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/299189
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204